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Greeting Card - Caboolture State School to The Alfred hospital Burns Unit, White with applied flower in pink, green and black, Feb 2009 Document Reg. No: HT 26174

This card is one of a number made by the children and teachers in Year One at Caboolture State School in Queensland which were sent to survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires of February 2009. Caboolture is a small town in the middle of dairy country in Queesnland, and bushfires are not part of their experience. The media coverage of the fires reminded the children and teachers of the Bali bombings, when they made and sent get well cards to the victims. They decided they would do the same for the bushfires survivors.

The cards were sent to four hospitals in Victoria - the Austin, the Royal Children's and The Alfred in Melbourne, and the Bendigo Hospital - with the request that they be given to patients. Some of them, like this card, were displayed in the hospitals to warm the clinical surroundings and remind patients and their families of the support shown by the larger community. This card is part of a collection of material donated to the museum by the Burns Unit of The Alfred hospital.
White folded card with applied paper flower on the front with black centre, green stem and pink petals. Inside is a pasted in message and a drawing in colour of a lion, lioness, lion cub and a bird in a nest.
Statement Of Significance:
This card of one of many that were received by The Alfred hospital in the days following the bushfires of February 2009. People around the world responded to the crisis with donations of money and material aid but they also wanted to express personal messages of hope and support directly to the people involved. The Burns Unit, as one of the major hospital services receiving victims of the bushfires, was swamped with cards, letters and gifts not only for the patients but also for the staff of the Unit. This collection illustrates the power of the media in conveying the effects of the fires, but more importantly it demonstrates people's need to connect directly with the victims and their carers, regardless of whether they even knew their names.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from The Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 210 mm (Height), 145 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: children, bushfires, black saturday bushfires 2009
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Inscriptions: Although we can't imagine / what you have been through. / Please remember all our / loving thoughts are with you. / From all the Teachers and / Children in Year One at / Caboolture State School / Queensland
Sender: Caboolture State School, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia, Feb 2009
Recipient: The Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Feb 2009
Place Used: The Alfred Hospital Burns Unit, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Feb 2009

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